Best Debut Short Stories 2020: The PEN America Dau Prize

October 31, 2020
Best Debut Short Stories 2020: The PEN America Dau Prize

The essential annual guide to the newest voices in shortfiction, selected this year by Tracy O'Neill, NafissaThompson-Spires, and Deb Olin UnferthWho are the most promising short story writers working today?Where do we look to discover the future stars of literary fiction?This book will offer a dozen compelling answers to thesequestions.The stories collected here represent the most recent winners ofthe PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, whichrecognizes twelve writers who have made outstanding debuts inliterary magazines in the previous year. They are chosen by a panelof distinguished judges, themselves innovators of the short storyform: Tracy O'Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb OlunUnferth.Each piece comes with an introduction by its original editors,whose commentaries provide valuable insight into what magazines arelooking for in their submissions, and showcase the vital work theydo to nurture literature's newest voices.CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONYuka Igarashi, series editorEVANGELINA CONCEPCIONAni Cooneyfrom EpiphanyTHE OTHER CHILDDavid Kelly Lawrencefrom The Threepenny ReviewSUMMERTIMEMohit Manoharfrom Michigan Quarterly ReviewCATS VS. CANCERValerie Hegartyfrom New England ReviewTHE WATER TOWER AND THE TURTLEKikuko Tsumuratranslated from the Japanese by Polly Bartonfrom GrantaFAILURE TO THRIVEWilla C. Richardsfrom The Paris ReviewGAURI KALYANAMKristen Sahaana Suryafrom The RumpusDOG DREAMSSena Moonfrom Quarterly WestBAT OUTTA HELLDamitri Martinezfrom FoglifterMADAM’S SISTERMbozi Haimbefrom GrantaDON’T GO TO STRANGERSMatthew Jeffrey Vegarifrom ZYZZYVATHE GOOD, GOOD MENShannon Sandersfrom Puerto del Sol